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FAA Hosts Drone Webinar Series

Get more info about the most requested Part 107 waivers under the FAA’s Small UAS Rule


WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is hosting a series of webinars about drones, centering on the most requested Part 107 waivers under the FAA’s Small UAS Rule, according to a press release from the FAA.

The first webinar, entitled “Where Is My Waiver?”, focuses on how to apply for an operational waiver. It’s scheduled for June 5 at 1 p.m. (ET). It will cover the waiver application process; when to apply for a waiver and which provisions of Part 107 are subject to waiver; how to avoid the common mistakes that lead to application denials; and risk analysis/assessment/management and hazard recognition.

FAA Safety Inspector Kevin Morris and other experts will be available to answer questions, according to the announcement.

Each webinar is limited to the first 1,000 registrants . The webinars will be hosted via the AdobeConnect app. Also, audio transcripts will be posted after each event.

The other webinars are in the series are as follows:

  • June 19, 1 p.m. — “Risky Business”
  • July 10, 1 p.m. — “Just the Facts”
  • July 24, 1 p.m. — ‘The Dark Night Part 1”
  • July 26, 1 p.m. — “The Dark Night Part 2”
  • Aug. 7, 1 p.m. — “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”
  • Aug. 21, 1 p.m. — “Beyond Visual Line of Sight”
  • Sept. 4, 1 p.m. — “Operating Limitations: Altitude”
  • Sept. 18, 1 p.m. — “Operations Over People”

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The series features two “Tips n Tricks” sessions, as well as discussions on HD Radio in Canada and engineering recruitment and training issues

HACKKETT’S COVE, Nova Scotia — Nautel is starting off a new webinar series this month with two “Tips n Tricks” sessions, followed in June by discussions on HD Radio in Canada and engineering recruitment and training issues. 

All webinars begin Wednesdays at noon EDT and qualify for ½ SBE Certification Credit.

The first session, to be held May 16, is entitled “Care and Feeding of AM Transmitter Sites.” Nautel’s Jeff Welton will bring his popular “Tips n Tricks” to discuss maintenance, troubleshooting, grounding, lightning protection and other issues associated with AM transmission sites. The webinar will run 45 minutes with time for questions afterward.

Welton returns on May 23, for a second session entitled “Care and Feeding of FM Transmitter Sites.” As with his first webinar, he plans to cover maintenance, troubleshooting, grounding, cooling, air handling and site security, this time for FM transmission sites. The webinar will run 45 minutes, again with time for questions.

On June 6, the implementation of HD Radio in Canada will be discussed by Nautel’s Chuck Kelly and Gary Manteuffel, along with special guest Paul Brenner of Emmis Communications. The discussion will cover the current status of HD Radio in Canada; the number of radios equipped with HD reception capability; regulatory issues; and implementing HD Radio at a station. The webinar will run 30 minutes plus time for questions.

“Broadcast Engineers and Technology: Training and Recruitment” will be covered in a webinar on June 13. Nautel’s Kelly will be joined by special guests John Poray of the Society o Broadcast Engineers and Wayne Pecena of Texas A&M University. They will discuss the scarcity of trained broadcast engineers in the U.S. and abroad; the effects of the increased pace of technological change; and the sources and strategies for training and recruiting to the radio broadcast industry. The webinar will run 45 minutes plus time for questions.

Register for the webinars online .

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CBU to Host DRM Webinar

A new webinar series focuses on digital radio

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Broadcasting Union has announced its inaugural Digital Radio webinar series with the topic of Digital Radio Mondiale.

While the emphasis has been placed so far on the transition from analog to digital television, digital audio broadcasting is now coming into focus with broadcasters and manufacturers offering solutions for digital radio. Two standards for digital radio are Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) and Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB/DAB+). Both the DRM Consortium and WorldDAB have partnered with the Union at its Annual Assemblies in Havana in 2016 and in Nassau in 2017 to share with CBU radio members the options and benefits of digital radio and the best ways to transition to the digital age in radio.

CBU members can learn more about the two standards during a series of webinars that will get underway in March 2018 with the DRM webinar. During the DRM webinar scheduled for 11 a.m. (Eastern Caribbean time) on March 22, CBU members will hear from experts: DRM Chair Ruxandra Obreja, Alexander Zink of Fraunhofer IIS in Germany and Matthias Stoll from Ampegon, Switzerland. This event will focus on just why digital radio can be a better option than analog for listeners and for the industry. Business models for digital radio operations in small markets and opportunities for training of staff will also be touched upon. 

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